I first heard this song in the movie, "O Brother Where Art Thou." I liked it so much, having seen my fair share of outdoor baptisms, I put it in our Youth Sabbath School Songbook. The kids liked this oldtime style gospel song too. Who said our young people only like rock n' roll? This song has all sorts of room for harmony and some gentle percussion, it's a lovely song to sing at a baptism or a campfire worship.
Here's Alison Krauss with "Down in the River to Pray".
Tom King - 2017